Chapter 17: Wholeness Is Holiness
Why have we not been able to create a society which combines both polarities - philosophy and poetry, science and religion?
Is there a possibility of the total meeting of these polarities?
Which land is more fertile for this meeting - East or West?
Is this meeting possible only in an individual, or can it exist simultaneously in the society also?
In which way can meditation be useful for this meeting?
What are the factors which can help man to grow in both the dimensions - science and religion?
Hitherto, it was impossible to create a society which synthesizes both polarities of science and religion, of logic and poetry. It was impossible because this synthesis can become possible only when both the alternatives, taken alone, have proved to be total failures. For the first time in the history of human consciousness, we are now at the stage where both the alternatives have proved failures. Chosen, taken alone, each has proved a failure. So this age is really of very deep significance, because the human mind will transcend the old conflict and the old polarities now.
The East tried one alternative: choosing religion at the cost of science. The West tried the reverse: choosing science at the cost of religion. The East succeeded in attaining the inner center in a few individuals. The West succeeded in attaining a prosperous, affluent society. The East failed economically, technologically; it remained poor. The West failed spiritually; it remained empty inwardly. Now, this was to happen..
A few individuals in the East, and in the West also, could conceive it. They could look into the future. They are known as prophets because of this, because they could probe deep into the future. But prophets are never believed when they are alive because they go too far ahead. We cannot follow them and we cannot see how their inside is working. So they are never believed, never followed. Only retrospectively do we feel that they were right.
So many times this synthesis was proposed. For example, Krishna proposed it, one of the most penetrating syntheses. The Gita has been read, worshiped, but no one listened to him. Really, prophets are born always before their time. So the people who can understand them are not yet, and the people who are, they cannot understand them. There is a gap.
In a few individual cases, the synthesis was attained also. There have been a few individuals who were both - religious and scientific, logical and poetic. But that’s a very subtle balance, and only a genius could attain it in the past. For example, a Michaelangelo, or a Goethe, or, even in our own times, Albert Einstein, they could attain a synthesis in their individualities. But then they become puzzles to us, because they move between two polarities so easily that they appear inconsistent.